Jowar Rava Besi Bele Bath

BM #77 Week 2 Day 3 - 

For today I made this version of the ever popular BBB with my new found grain, Jowar Rava. After I exhausted my Jowar Rava stock from India, I had a conversation with my local Indian store guy and convinced him to stock Jowar Rava if and when he can source it.

So a few weeks back, when I went to the store for my usual groceries, I spotted this Cracked Jowar where the grain was more like the size of cracked wheat. I found it was difficult to cook and so resorted to soaking in warm water. 

On some lazy days, I try a quick method as well. I cook the jowar rava and mix it in left over sambar, give a fresh dose of tadka with ghee and whip up a meal for myself. 

My husband who is a harsh critic of such ancient grains, refused to taste it initially. But when I poured a small dollop of ghee on the Jowar Rava BBB and papad to the side, my husband slowly started with one spoonful and finished the serving with additional papads! I cannot understand how this can happen :). So 'No comment' from my side.

Ingredients - 

Jowar Rava 1/2 cup
Toor Dal 1/2 cup
Assorted Vegetables (Carrots, Bottle Gourd, Drumstick, Lima Beans, Tomatoes etc) about 3-4 cups
Besi Bele Bath Powder or Sambar powder 1 Tbsp (adjust as needed
Tamarind juice extracted from lime sized tamarind
Powdered Jaggery 2 tsp
Salt, Turmeric, Red chili Powder as needed
Seasoning (Ghee 1 Tbsp, Mustard seeds 1 tsp, Chana Dal 1 Tbsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Curry leaves, asafotida 1/8 tsp, Red Chilies 1-2, peanuts a handful)

Jowar Rava Besi Bele Bath

Method Of Preparation -

Wash jowar rava and soak in warm water for 30 minutes.

Wash toor dal and transfer into a pressure cooker.

Add the soaked and drained jowar rava, vegetables, salt, turmeric and half of the besi bele bath powder into the pressure cooker. Add about 3-4 cups of water.

Cook for about 15-20 minutes or 3-4 hisses.

After the pressure is released, in a pan add ghee and the rest of the seasoning ingredients. After the mustard seeds pop, saute until the dals are brown and the peanuts are roasted as well.

Pour in the cooked jowar rava - toor dal - vegetable mixture, add in the remaining besi bele bath powder, tamarind juice, powdered jaggery and red chili powder.

Adjust the flavors if needed. Mix and simmer adjusting the consistency as needed.

Remove from heat and serve it warm with papad and a drizzle of ghee for a sumptuous meal.


Preparation Time 30-40 minutes.
Serves 3


  1. Kalyani Says:
  2. looks delish and soon healthy, Harini - I think I have to source this Jowar rawa from you now :-)) no luck finding it here !

    and BBB (made with ANY grain) tastes heavenly with ghee and papad - we dont even have to sell it the husbands - it just vanishes, isnt it :)

  3. Srivalli Says:
  4. So healthy Harini, the way you use all the millets in your cooking is simply awesome!..

  5. Shobha Says:
  6. Looks nice and different .. must try it sometime.

  7. I must check on this rawa , I love your idea of BBB , it will make a wonderful meal . My hubby and I are on millets these days , so your recipes will be a addition to our menu .

  8. Pavani Says:
  9. That is one hearty, comforting and nutritious dish. Looks amazing.

  10. I have tried with Rice. But with Jowar is just a healthy share!!

  11. Unknown Says:
  12. Wooww I Like eat india Food

  13. Mayuri Patel Says:
  14. I'm into using millet more often especially for dinner as its light on the tummy and healthy. Love this recipe and bookmarking it Harini.

  15. Priya Suresh Says:
  16. Omg, cant resist to this ultimate BBB, mouthwatering here.

  17. Srividhya Says:
  18. Love BBB and if its this nutritious I am not gonna say no at all. Wish I could get the jowar rava here. Awesome share.

  19. this looks so delicious. wish I had some now!

  20. Archana Says:
  21. Looks so yum. Must try it but will have to source jowar rava in my place.

  22. Love it harini! I dont get millet rava here, but i have made this with whole jowar, just that we have to soak it overnight! As i read thru ur recipe, i feel like making it again today, such a fantastic and healthy recipe!

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